Tiffin Cup

Some of the country’s top curry chefs will all do battle as the finest South Asian restaurants in the UK fight it out to be crowned the nation’s best.

And the Spice Lodge will be representing Cheltenham.

Last year 81 restaurants were nominated for the Tiffin Cup – a competition created by a group of MPs to celebrate quality South Asian food in Britain and to raise money for charity. All of the money raised this year will go to World Vision.

For the last eleven years, MPs have been asked to nominate a restaurant in their constituency and this year the Spice Lodge was nominated by Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk.

Mr Chalk said: “I am delighted that the nomination for the Spice Lodge has been accepted and they will be flying the flag for Cheltenham in this year’s Tiffin Cup.

“Over the next few weeks, mystery diners will be visiting each of the nominated restaurants, including the Spice Lodge, to choose the regional champions.

“This is such a prestigious competition and my fingers are crossed for the Spice Lodge to win the regional final. If they’re successful then we’ll be bringing them to the House of Commons for the grand final.”

The Tiffin Cup is awarded by the Tiffin Club of MPs which was formed in 2006 by former MP John Barrett, Michael Fabricant MP and Keith Vaz MP.

The competition is now in its 11th year. The grand final of the competition is set to take place in the House of Commons on Tuesday March 27 2018. This will be a cook-in with celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, chair of the judging panel.

Chairman of the Tiffin Club, Keith Vaz MP, said: “After the overwhelming success of last year’s competition we are looking forward to another chance to sample some of the best offerings of Indian food in Britain.

“I wish the Spice Lodge the best of luck in the competition.”